It's come to light that on Monday Google filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Rockstar and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary over the seven patents-in-suit in the Android OEM cases. Google believes that Rockstar's campaign against them is designed to harm, if not destroy, Android. Google cranks up the volume in their complaint before the court against the Rockstar Consortium in the hopes of getting the trial transferred from Texas to California. A patent expert weighs in on the matter and finds that Google is clearly hypocritical when the shoe is on the other foot.
Apple is suing Oracle for breach of contract. By the terms of the Technology License Agreement, Oracle is and has been obligated to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Apple from and against all claims of patent infringement related to the Ethernet technology supplied by Oracle to Apple. Oracle has provided no assurance that it will meet its indemnification obligations and has not met such obligations to date. Oracle has not defended or indemnified Apple in the Lawsuit. Apple had filed a "Third-Party" Complaint against Oracle a "Third Party" Defendant within the U.S. Ethernet Innovations case against Apple and some 16 other technology companies including the likes of Dell, Acer, Sony and Asus. The Judge in the Ethernet Innovations case is now severing the Apple vs. Oracle action from the main case.
Back in May, Thailand's Online News Providers Association (SONP) filed a lawsuit against Apple at the Thai Central Intellectual Property and International Trade court for allowing an app into the iOS App Store that breaches the nation's news copyright and trademark laws. Today the suit was settled.
In a new discovery matter, Motorola filed a motion to compel document production and deposition from Nuance Communications, Inc. yesterday relating to their patent infringement case against Apple regarding patent 7,243,072 titled "Providing assistance to a subscriber device over a network. Motorola seeks to depose Nuance. Their motion states that "The information that Motorola seeks from Nuance is narrowly focused and important to the pending Florida action." Yet Nuance refuses to comply stating that the discovery is irrelevant.
The Associated Press is reporting today that a Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. Report Updated Dec. 30, 2013
The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the "Innovation Act" bill on Thursday aimed at discouraging frivolous lawsuits by patent holders. The move was backed by companies like Apple, IBM, Cisco and Google. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte sponsored the bill which won strong bipartisan support in passing by a 325-91 vote. Goodlatte said his bill "takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation."
Apple is asking US District Judge Lucy Koh to order Samsung to pay $15.7 million in attorney fees. In addition, Apple wants Samsung to reimburse its lawyers for $6.2 million in various expenses. That's approximately a third of the $60 million that Apple says it owes its lawyers in the case that just expired last month.
Today, DSS Technology Management, a leading developer and integrator of security technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's Mac Mini and iMac computers that provide wireless Bluetooth connections to a plurality of peripheral devices that infringe on two DSS patents regarding "a data network system in which the server and the peripherals communicate in low duty cycle RF bursts." Report Updated Nov. 28, 2013